Breaking into a FAANG type company mid career without a referral
I feel like I am hitting a wall career progression / aspiration wise. Im currently at Director level with a small midwest company. My specialty is in Infrastructure (Cloud and on-premise) and Security.
MS: Computer Information Systems
Certs: CISSP, CCSP
TC: 110k (all salary)
Im not sure what I can do to become a more attractive candidate for companies like Microsoft or FAANG. To be honest, im not even sure what job titles I should be looking for. I feel like I need a referral to even have a shot, but I dont have any connections. Overall feeling stuck.
Any suggestions on what I can work on to improve my chances of getting noticed?